By Andrea Caracausi, Christof Jeggle
Service provider networks generated exchange and the trade of products among the towns of early sleek Europe. This selection of essays analyses those advertisement networks, targeting the jobs of kinship, foundation, faith and company in growing and preserving city economies.
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It also makes clear that one main prerequisite for the establishment of long-term relations was spatial proximity. By using the same institutions, attending the same church services and meeting every day in the street, the merchants who lived in the same quarters had more in common than just doing business. This led on the one hand to a sense of unity, and on the other hand made it easier to assess other people’s economical and personal liability. In the end these conditions made two merchants living in the same quarter of the town more likely to become business partners than others.
1 shows that between 1360 and 1400, ten Bergenfahrer were debtors to non-Bergenfahrer. Seven loans were raised the other way round, and in seven cases Bergenfahrer borrowed money from a merchant who also was active in the Bergen market. The average amount of the loans was slightly higher for loans taken out by Bergenfahrer than for those made by them, while between Bergenfahrer much more money was borrowed. In the period between 1440 and 1470, seventy-two Bergenfahrer raised a loan from non-Bergenfahrer and 107 gave money to a person who did not invest in the Bergen market.
Loans were made to other Bergenfahrer eighty times. ) of loans in the Lübeck capital market with the proven participation of Bergenfahrer. Source: Archiv der Hansestadt Lübeck, Niederstadtbücher 1360–1510. ) Networks as Social Structures in Late Medieval and Early Modern Towns 29 While the average loan from non-Bergenfahrer in the middle of the fifteenth century was nearly as high as in the second half of the fourteenth century, the amount of loans made to them became much higher. Loans between Bergenfahrer amounted to the highest average sum.
Commercial Networks and European Cities, 1400-1800 by Andrea Caracausi, Christof Jeggle